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ERIC Number: EJ862569
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-1367-0050
Postcolonial Identity Politics, Language and the Schools in St. Lucia
St. Hilaire, Aonghas
International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, v12 n1 p31-46 Jan 2009
In the postcolonial era, a cultural nationalist movement has sought to elevate the status of St. Lucia's creole vernacular, Kweyol, and with some success--it is now the most visible symbol of St. Lucian national identity. This relatively new development has altered somewhat the historic linguistic status quo between the official, high status English and the historically marginalised Kweyol. Postindependence public debate on the role of Kweyol in the nation has included a focus on a possible expanded role for the language in St. Lucian schools. However, to date colonial language-in-education policy remains unchanged and Kweyol remains officially barred from the classroom. This paper examines colonial educational policy, the development of postcolonial identity politics and the interplay between these politics, on the one hand, and organised efforts and public support to expand Kweyol into the formal educational domain, on the other. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Saint Lucia